• Albuquerque Public Schools

    The Albuquerque School District has published their green building standards for planning, design and construction, online. The various standards are organized by product categories and each one references sustainability, including one specifically on the LEED V4 program requirements. The Design Standards are available for free in PDF, Microsoft Word, and Zip File formats.

  • University of Connecticut

    Students at the University of Connecticut developed a website dedicated to learning about and taking action on Environmental Justice. The site provides definitions of what Environmental Justice means, famous examples of injustice and ways anyone can take action to help. This resource can be used to educate yourself or bring the conversation to your classroom.

  • New Jersey School Board Association

    The New Jersey School Board Association developed a comprehensive template outlining sample sustainability and green initiative policy language. The compilation was put together by the NJSBA based on research from other districts and is only a list of suggested best practices. This sample policy can be edited to reflect your own school/district programs and practices.

  • AASHE & Root Solutions

    The concepts, concrete examples, and tools in this guide will empower practitioners to more effectively target paper consumption behaviors at their institutions. Although this guide focuses on higher education institutions, the advice and examples provided can be applied by any organization looking to foster more sustainable behaviors. Our hope is that this guide gives you the background, inspiration, and confidence to ideate and implement the kinds of evidence-based behavior campaigns that can...

  • Nature Based Education Consortium

    This short guide highlights the importance of outdoor learning and provides great links to other valuable outdoor education resources. While the school stories and guidance included here is specific to implementing outdoor learning programs at schools in Maine, the resource and ideas can translate to any school setting.

  • Salt Lake City School District

    In June 2020, the School Board at Salt Lake City School District signed a 100% clean energy resolution, seeking to create healthier, more environmentally sustainable schools, which includes the following goals: 1. to use 100 percent clean, renewable energy in its electricity sector by 2030; and 2. to meet 100% of all district operations energy needs with carbon neutral energy by 2040.

  • Fayette County Public Schools

    This is an example of a comprehensive district sustainability program webpage. It includes a green schools incentives program, manuals, a school scorecard, and more.

  • Austin Independent Schoold District

    This is an example of a robust district sustainability landing page. It covers energy, water, food, nature, waste, air quality, transportation, green schoolyards, Earth Week programming and more.

  • Boulder Valley School District

    This guidance details protocols for both indoor and outdoor learning environments, emphasizing the advantages of outdoor learning, when possible.

  • Boulder Valley School District

    This sample letter to principals offers resources, planning tools, and references related to using outdoor spaces for learning during COVID-19.

  • National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

    Approximately 30 percent of the edible food produced in the United States is wasted and a significant portion of this waste occurs at the consumer level. Despite food’s essential role as a source of nutrients and energy and its emotional and cultural importance, U.S. consumers waste an estimated average of 1 pound of food per person per day at home and in places where they buy and consume food away from home. Many factors contribute to this waste—consumers behaviors are shaped not only by...

  • New York City Department of Education

    The Race Against Waste program is a collaboration between New York City Department of Education Service in Schools (SIS) and the Office of Sustainability to support teams of teachers from middle and high schools in leading students through an investigation of waste in their community and developing a service-learning project that helps their community to reduce and reuse a source of waste. You can still inspire your students and/or your own children to think sustainably and with a service...

  • U.S. Department of Education

    The All in STEM website, a project of STEM Rising at the U.S. Department of Energy, showcases the long list of programs and resources designed to ensure that the best and the brightest from every community in America enter the STEM workforce. On this website, www.energy.gov/all-STEM, you can find information available for people starting as young as kindergarten all the way through PhD programs and people currently in the workforce. The website resources are sortable by intended audience age...

  • Salt Lake City Unified School District

    Salt Lake City School District green cleaning custodial training videos.

  • The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

    An ad hoc committee will provide states and districts with guidance about whether and how to safely reopen schools in the 2020-2021 school year. The committee will write a short letter report drawing on evidence from epidemiology, public health, and the social and behavioral sciences. The report will provide guidance on the health-related issues for safely reopening schools and the practices that should be implemented in order to maintain and monitor the health of staff and students. The report...

  • Perlins&Will

    We aim to help schools and their communities successfully navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. Holistic health and well-being are our top priority. This site provides a compendium of strategies and resources for a safer return to school. They are applicable before reopening and throughout the academic year, and address the current health crisis as well as future challenges.

  • Kaiser Permanente

    As schools and districts across the nation prepare for the new school year in the coming weeks, they are likely to face even greater strain as they seek to meet the academic and health needs of students, staff, and teachers with already limited resources. To assist schools in proactively addressing the health needs of the school community, a number of nationally recognized and trusted school health organizations have come together to develop a playbook for when learning starts again — “...

  • National Council on School Facilities

    A detailed list of over 100 tasks organized according to achieving public health in schools objectives, that can be modified for individual state, district or school application.

  • PBL Works

    During these unprecedented times and school closures, how can a PBL teacher keep students connected and engaged, so a project is just as powerful as what would be expected in their face-to-face classroom? We created this resource to provide a host of ideas, examples, and tools that can help you answer this question.

  • Beyond the Ferns

    I'm Emily CW or Nature Emily, a naturalist and nature-based early childhood educator in New Hampshire. With recent school closures due to COVID-19 I started this channel to share outdoor exploration ideas, nature songs and games, and other inspiration for families learning from home. I hope that families and caregivers can use these activities as inspiration to kick start some super fun adventures. While the activities I share are great ways to get outside and explore, remember that there is no...

  • New York State Department of Health

    To help prevent spread of COVID-19, schools should continue to educate students, faculty and staff about proper hand and respiratory hygiene.

  • Washington State Department of Health

    School custodial staff is responsible for cleaning schools. Some teachers choose to do additional cleaning. Here is how to ensure those efforts tackle dirt and germs safely and effectively.

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

    EPA has released a list of registered antimicrobial products for use against COVID-19 along with information on how to check products against registration numbers.


    Resources from ASHRAE and others on buildings, filtration/ disinfection, transportation, and reopening.

  • U.S. Department of Energy

    Dealing with COVID-19 presents an unprecedented scenario for building owners, plant managers, and employees. As we all adjust to these changing demands, the following resources from Better Buildings partners, affiliates, and other organizations may prove useful.

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    As a school nutrition professional, how can I protect myself and slow the spread? For school nutrition professionals and volunteers working in meal preparation and/or distribution at a school/school district site or other public settings, potential sources of exposure include close contact with co-workers, students, and families with COVID-19 and touching your nose, mouth, or eyes after touching contaminated surfaces or handling items that others infected with COVID-19 have touched. Currently...

  • Post-Landfill Action Network

    As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have received dozens of inquiries from campus sustainability staff looking for guidance on how to work with campus dining facilities that are considering switching to disposable (instead of reusable) dishes and take out containers. Staff are also concerned about the future of reuse programs for items like furniture and electronics. We are providing this document as general guidance for how to have necessary conversations with campus stakeholders....